PCC LAUNCHES A WIDE-RANGING SURVEY TO FIND OUT HOW SAFE WOMEN AND GIRLS FEEL IN KENT
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched an extensive survey, to find out how safe women and girls are and feel in the county.
Matthew Scott is hoping women and girls will fill in the anonymous questionnaire, to provide a true picture of levels of violence, abuse, harassment and stalking taking place across Kent. It will also seek to determine how safe people feel, both at night and day, in a variety of places, be it at work or in education, in open spaces or enjoying the night-time economy, or even online.
It also wants to know whether people report cases of violence or abuse and if so, whether they feel they’ve been treated appropriately.
It’s hoped as many people as possible will spend 5 minutes filling it in.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott says,
“The most powerful evidence comes from the testimony of those who have been subjected to these crimes, or who are worried about them. I would encourage all women and girls to let me know their views so that we can determine what all agencies can do to make you safer. This is an important survey that I hope will make a real difference to public safety in our county.”
The survey is part of an on-going project to tackle levels of violence against women and girls in Kent. Over the next few months the Commissioner will be meeting victims, groups which support victims, other stakeholders and government representatives, as well as reviewing the procedures Kent Police has for dealing with these sorts of crime.
His final report will be published in the New Year.
Following the murder of Sarah Everard and subsequent murder of Julia James here in Kent, the government re-opened its call for evidence, for the development of a specific Strategy to designed to tackle violence against women and girls.
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner is launching his own study to see whether things need changing in Kent.
On Wednesday the 8th of September, he will dedicate his Performance and Delivery Board meeting with the Chief Constable, to this subject.